defrost

verb de·frost \ di-ˈfrȯst , ˈdē-ˌfrȯst \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of defrost

defrosted; defrosting; defrosts
1 : to release from a frozen state
  • defrost meat
2 a : to free from ice
  • defrost a refrigerator/freezer
b : to clear (a window or windshield) with a vehicle's defroster
  • defrost a windshield to clear it of ice and condensation
: to thaw out especially from a deep-frozen state

defroster

noun, plural defrosters

Examples of defrost in a Sentence

  1. You can defrost the soup in the microwave.

  2. Has the refrigerator defrosted yet?

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First Known Use of defrost

1895

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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DEFROST Defined for English Language Learners

defrost

Definition of defrost for English Language Learners

  • : to warm something that is frozen until it is no longer frozen

  • : to melt ice that has built up on the inside of a freezer or refrigerator

  • : to melt ice on a car's windows by using heat


DEFROST Defined for Kids

defrost

verb de·frost \ di-ˈfrȯst \

Definition of defrost for Students

defrosted; defrosting
1 : to thaw out
  • defrost a steak
2 : to remove ice from
  • defrost a refrigerator

defroster

noun


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